St. Luke’s Weekly Newsletter – October 21 (Feast of St. Luke)

Sunday Mass at 10:00 am, Wednesday Bible Study at 6:00 pm. See you there!

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Our Patronal Feast
The feast of St. Luke regularly falls on October 18th, but because our parish is St. Luke’s, we get to celebrate it on the Sunday in the octave of the feast. Actually, although the phrase "patronal feast" is commonly used by Christians, technically that is incorrect. The right term is our "feast of dedication." Ask me why at coffee hour.
Be prepared that we will include incense in our celebration on this day.

When was the last time you invited someone to come with you to Church?

Sunday’s Readings

Isaiah 52.7-10
Psalm 67
2 Timothy 4.5-15

Luke 10.1-7

Sunday’s Hymns

279. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty453 Jesus, all my gladness
211 Come with us, O blessed Jesus
521 O God of earth and altar

Sunday’s Announcements
Prayer List

We give thanksgiving for the safe delivery of Caleb, and of your Christian charity, your prayers are asked for Karen, Elijah, and for all service men and women everywhere, especially Geoff, Brandon, Jake, and Michael, in thanksgiving for their service and for their protection and safe return, and for the peaceful repose of the souls of Miriam and Virginia.

Looking Ahead

Wednesday, October 24:

6:00 pm: Bible study, and a light soup and bread supper accompanying.

Thursday, November 1:

6:00 pm: Mass for All Saints’ Day

Friday, November 2:

6:00 pm: Requiem Mass for All Souls’ Day

All Saints’ and All Souls’

It is ancient Christian tradition that we pray for the faithful departed. Anglicans remember all the countless saints on All Saints’ Day, just as the Book of Revelation pictures them constantly praising God (the Church Triumphant), and on All Souls’ Day we remember those of our family members and loved ones who have preceded us into the Church Expectant. Because not everyone can attend the Mass on November 2nd, we will repeat the names on Sunday, November 4th, the Sunday in the octave of All Saints’.
For your convenience there are two ways to submit names of family members and loved ones to be read on All Souls’ Day and again on November 4th: Simply fill out a card at church on Sunday and drop it in the collection plate or hand it to the Vicar. Cards will be located on the narthex table through Sunday, October 28th. The second way to submit your name is by emailing Father Richard at Vicar@slaccs.org. So the list can be prepared in time, please email no later than Monday, October 29th.

This Week’s List from the Intercommunion Cycle of Prayer
Living Grace Church, Conroe, TX The Rev. John Lohmann, Priest-in-charge
St. Peter’s Church, Cypress, TX
The Rev. John Needham, Rector
St. Patrick Church, Hurst, TX
The Rev. Gerald Cope, Priest-in-charge
Grace Church, New Braunfels, TX
The Rev. Canon Robert J. Cheeseman, Vicar
St. Stephen’s Church, Richardson, TX
The Very Rev. William Dickerson, Vicar
St. Andrew’s Church, Round Rock, TX
The Rt. Rev. Scott Dennis, Rector
Reminder, this list comes from the missions and parishes of the "G-4" church jurisdictions in full intercommunion, sacramentally one Church, working toward full unity
The Anglican Catholic Church,

The Most Rev. Mark Haverland, Abp.

The Anglican Province of America,

The Most Rev. Walter Grundorf. PB.

The Anglican Church in America,

The Most Rev. Brian Marsh, HoB Pres.

The Diocese of the Holy Cross.

The Rt. Rev. Paul Hewitt SSC, Bp.

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Bible Study Notes
Conflict and Commission

The Question about Fasting: 2.18-22

Jesus and the Sabbath Laws: 2.23-28

The Man with a Withered Hand: 3.1-6

A Multitude at the Seaside: 3.7-12
Jesus Appoints the Twelve: 3.13-19a

Jesus’Family: 3.19b-21

Questions about Jesus’ Authority: 3.22-30

The True Kindred of Jesus: 3.31-35

The authority of Jesus and his relationship to the Law is the theme of the triplet of stories from 2.18 through 3.6. Notice that this triplet ends with the chilling sentence “The Pharisees went out, and immediately held counsel with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him” (3.6). The appointment of the twelve also ends with the equally chilling finish “and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him” (3.19a). Mark doesn’t want us to forget for a moment the coming events of the passion. Verses 31-35 are often read out of context and consequently misunderstood. Mark shows us in the beginning and end of this triplet how the point in the middle is lived out in practice, for we see that those who reject Jesus are themselves rejected. (A footnote to verses 31 and 32 should point out that the word incompletely translated in many versions as “brothers” was used also of cousins, half-brothers, half-sisters, and other relatives. These verses ought not be construed in anyway to suggest that Mary ever had any other children.) The point of the triplet is that membership in the kingdom is based not on familial relations, but on how one responds to Jesus.

  • Do we ever abuse freedom by overemphasizing 2.27?
  • What exactly ought to be our relationship to the Law?
  • By now you will have noticed what scholars call the “messianic secret” of Mark.
  • How is the appointment of the twelve (3.13-19a) different from the call of the five (1.16-20 and 2.13-17)?
  • How do we respond to Jesus? If he says something we don’t understand, in what more subtle ways do we say “He is beside himself” (3.21)?
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